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Potato Gnocchi in Mushroom Broth

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings
Use only high-starch, dry-textured russet potatoes to make these light Italian dumplings. Serve the potato pillows in a delicate broth for a comforting fall soup. Bake the potatoes while the broth simmers, or make the broth up to a day ahead.


  • Broth:
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrot
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 dried shiitake mushroom caps (about 1 ounce)
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup (1-inch) julienne-cut leek
  • 1 cup (1-inch) julienne-cut carrot
  • Gnocchi:
  • 1 3/4 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 261
  • caloriesfromfat 11 %
  • fat 3.3 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 7 g
  • carbohydrate 51.4 g
  • fiber 3.6 g
  • cholesterol 41 mg
  • iron 2.7 mg
  • sodium 713 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare broth, combine first 9 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Stir in soy sauce.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°.

  3. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 cups mushrooms, 1 cup leek, and 1 cup carrot; cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

  4. To prepare gnocchi, pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly. Peel potatoes; mash. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine potatoes, 1 1/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and egg yolk. Stir well to form a smooth dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth; add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands. Divide dough into 4 equal portions, and shape each portion into a 15-inch-long rope. Cut each rope into 15 (1-inch) pieces, and roll each piece into a ball. Drag a fork's tines over each ball, forming a concave shape. Place the gnocchi on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover and set aside.

  5. Bring water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add half of gnocchi; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until gnocchi float. (Do not overcook or gnocchi will fall apart.) Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon; place in a colander. Repeat procedure with remaining gnocchi. Bring broth to a simmer; stir in mushroom mixture. Place 10 gnocchi in each of 6 soup bowls. Ladle 1 cup broth mixture into each bowl; sprinkle with chives. Serve immediately.